Setting in the interior of Zululand, KwaZulz-Natal, South Africa territory is Africa's oldest proclaimed game reserve. We arrived after a two hour bus ride from Durban port. At the Memorial Gate entrance we were offered the opportunity for a comfort stop after which we board the 4x4 wheel vehicles which have canvas covered tops. All three person seats have good viewing capabilities (or two large people) but climbing into the vehicle up a short ladder may be a challenge for those orthopedically challenged. There is a front seat next to the driver but you are sitting low and do not have as good a photo angle compared to the higher back seats. During our journey through narrow asphalt covered roads and dirt trails/roads we viewed the endangered black and white rhinos, lions and lionesses, impalas, warthogs, zebras, water buffalos, and giraffes. We did not see any hippos or elephants during our tour but they are in the game reserve. We learned about the conservation efforts at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi reserve from our knowledgeable guide. The reserve consists of 370 sq mi of hilly topography. The tour lasted two hours in the morning. Independent drivers in their own cars are allowed to meander through the reserve on their own but NO ONE is allowed to leave their vehicles. The park was very green when we visited as it had rained for several days the week before we visited. The entrance fee is minimal.
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